Goodbye Christopher Robin appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie offered a fine transfer.
Overall definition seemed positive. Virtually no softness materialized, sof the movie appeared accurate and concise.
I noticed no signs of jaggies or edge enhancement, and shimmering was absent. The film lacked print flaws and seemed clean.
The colors tended toward teal tones, with some amber along for the ride as well. These appeared fine within the film’s stylistic choices.
Blacks seemed dark and tight, and shadows demonstrated good clarity. This added up to a satisfying presentation.
A character drama wouldn’t seem to be a candidate for a whiz-bang soundtrack, and the DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio of Goodbye fell into expected realms. A few scenes – mainly related to war flashbacks– used the various channels well. Usually the track remained oriented toward ambience, though, so don’t expect lots of sizzle from the mix.
Audio quality satisfied. Although didn’t get much score, the music was full and rich, while effects showed nice clarity and accuracy.
Speech – obviously an important factor here – appeared concise and crisp. Nothing here soared, but it all seemed perfectly adequate for the project.
As we head to extras, we start with an audio commentary from director Simon Curtis and co-writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters and the facts behind the film, cast and performances, sets and locations, period details and music.
Though chatty, Curtis and Cottrell-Boyce don’t offer a ton of insights. Oh, they provide a passable overview of the production, but they often seem to just name actors or locations. This adds up to a lackluster commentary.
Eight promotional featurettes appear. We find “A Walk In the Woods” (2:34), “Healing a Nation” (2:11), “AA Milne” (2:01), “Hello Billy Moon” (2:32), “Daphne Milne” (2:17), “The Story” (2:24), “Christopher Robin and His Nanny Olive” (3:18) and “The Cast” (2:32).
Across these, we hear from Curtis, Cottrell-Boyce, biographer Ann Thwaite, production designer David Roger, location manager Camilla Stephenson, producer Damian Jones, and actors Will Tilston, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Alex Lawther, Stephen Campbell Moore, and Domhnall Gleeson. The featurettes look at locations and aspects of the source material as well as cast and performances.
As expected, the featurettes act to sell the movie. A few minor tidbits emerge along the way, but don’t expect much substance from them.
A Gallery presents 25 stills. A mix of movie shots and images from the set, it creates a mediocre compilation.
The disc opens with ads for Gifted, Hidden Figures and Step. We also get a trailer for Goodbye.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Goodbye. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
As an exploration of the genesis of Winnie the Pooh and the life of its creator, Goodbye Christopher Robin lacks substance. It tries to pack in too many elements, so none of them satisfy. The Blu-ray boasts excellent picture along with acceptable audio and a few supplements. Goodbye delivers a superficial, sentimental effort.